Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film's N. American Theatrical Run Reaches US$29 Million
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The Box Office Mojo website reported the Dragon Ball Super: Broly anime film has earned an estimated US$29,101,069 in the United States and Canada from January 16 to 31. The site estimates the film has sold a cumulative 3,222,700 tickets in North America. The film is still screening in theaters.
Funimation told ANN that the estimate is not up to date. Funimation last released an official box office total on January 24, when the film had screened for two weeks and earned more than US$24 million.
The film has earned more than US$70 million outside of the United States and Canada, including about US$34 million in Japan alone. The combined domestic and foreign total has reached an estimated US$99,142,436.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly already earned over US$7 million on 1,440 screens, including 180 IMAX and Cinemark XD screens, on its opening day on January 16, and had earned US$20,214,771 by that weekend. That total ranked the film at #3 in box office revenue (not adjusted for inflation) on the all-time chart of anime films in the United States and Canada, behind 1999's Pokemon: The First Movie and Pokemon 2000 - The Movie. The film earned an estimated US$3,600,000 from January 25 to 27, making it the third all-time highest-ranking anime film in the United States in terms of estimated tickets sold, behind the two Pokémon films.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', the previous film in the franchise, set Funimation Films' previous opening day record when it earned US$1.97 million on its opening day in the United States. Dragon Ball Super: Broly now holds the record. According to Funimation, the new film set the record for biggest opening for an event film, and was the fifth highest earning anime theatrical opening of all time.
Funimation premiered the film's English dub at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on December 13.
Vic Mignogna and Dameon Clarke returned as the English voices of Broly and Paragus, respectively, and Chris Ayres played Frieza. Other English dub cast members included Sean Schemmel as Goku himself, Emily Neves as Gine (Goku's mother), Erica Lindbeck as Cheelai, Bruce Carey as Lemo, Veronica Taylor as Berryblue, and Sonny Franks as Kikono.
The film opened in Japan on December 14, and it sold more than 820,000 tickets and earned more than 1,050,000,000 yen (about US$9.26 million) in its first three days in Japan, topping the box office in its first weekend. Toei stated it anticipates the film will earn more than 5 billion yen (about US$44 million).
Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama wrote the script and designed the characters. Tatsuya Nagamine (One Piece Film Z) directed the film, Naohiro Shintani served as animation director, and Kazuo Ogura served as art director. Norihito Sumitomo composed the music, and Daichi Miura performed the film's theme song "Blizzard."
Update: Funimation confirmed with ANN that Box Office Mojo's estimate is "neither the final box office total nor the current box office to date."
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